LAKELAND, Fla. — Most employees at Publix supermarkets no longer have to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, the grocery store chain announced Monday.
Publix Super Markets Inc. announced the policy change on its website on Monday, citing the decrease of COVID-19 and the wider availability of obtaining a vaccine.
“Fully vaccinated associates have the option not to wear face coverings beginning Feb. 14, 2022, unless required for their job duties or by a state or local order or ordinance,” the notice stated. “Pharmacy associates, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear face coverings when administering vaccines.
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Publix does not require customers to wear face coverings in its stores, according to WFTS-TV. However, the store noted on its website that customers are “encouraged to do their part” to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In May 2021, Publix made masks optional for fully vaccinated shoppers.
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